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Blank as a Flank by kefkafloyd Blank as a Flank by kefkafloyd
So you ride yourselves over the fields,
and you make your animal deals...
And your wise stallions don't know how it feels
To be blank as a flank.

Thick as a Brick was written by Ian Anderson as a response to critics' declaration of their last album, Aqualung, as a concept album. Anderson always felt that Aqualung was not a cohesive concept, just a normal song collection. Like most artists, when he was challenged he threw down the gauntlet, saying "If they want a concept album, by God we'll give them one." The result is one of the best sendups of the entire idea of progressive rock concept albums.

Thick as a Brick had two gimmicks - one, the whole album was one forty-four minute long song. Two, the cover kept in the spirit of a concept, putting forth the idea that a young boy wrote the lyrics to Thick as a Brick. While I'm not about to pull a Weird Al and do a complete parody of the song, I'm more than capable of doing a sendup of the album cover itself in the style of ponies.

The particular version I used is the version of the album I own, which is the first CD issuing. The Deluxe CD Remaster is slightly different, and the original LP is even more different, as it has a fold-out bottom to make the appearance of a broadsheet newspaper. Royston Eldrige put together most of the original album cover, though all the members of Tull provided content for the faux newspaper.
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altereggo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Well-done newspaper mockups area always fun to read. Imitating a medium really helps immersion, don't you think?
Do you use InDesign for work like this? I've been doing similar stuff in Illustrator rather than learn yet *another* adobe product, but the poor text alignment options are such a pain to work with.
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
This was all done in Illustrator because it was just a single page, though if I was doing a real project I would use InDesign, yes.
WingDiamond Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
So Let's Bungle In the Jungle!
TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
"...Apple Bloom, WHAT is that NOISE?"

"It's his new one...'Heavy Horses...'"

"Gimme that lyric sheet...'Let me find you a filly for your proud stallion seed?' Oh fer th' love o'--child, you are TOO YOUNG to be listenin' to THIS KIND OF MUSIC!..."
mst95 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Really don't mind if you sit this one out...
skewedl0gic Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My gosh. It has finally happened.
wolfstorm56 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
This is such an intriguing concept. I love stuff like this.
InCrashMaster Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
kefkafloyd Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :V Glad you liked it.
MAJORA64 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I was listening to the album the other night and I remember seeing this a few months back. This is one of the best parodies I've ever seen. I'm just getting inter Jethro Tull and so far I am loving it; I have a massive obsession with progressive rock. Great job and great pun!
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